INEA has received 69 project proposals requesting over €256.5 million co-funding by today’s 17:00 deadline of the 2019 CEF Transport calls. Evaluation of the proposals will start in May, and the grant agreements with the successful applicants will be prepared as of October 2019.
Technological advances and societal changes have triggered a drastic evolution in mobility. Alongside other trends, such as digitalisation, autonomous driving and shared mobility, electric mobility is also gaining momentum. Electric mobility could help the EU to achieve its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, noise and dependence on oil. However, the extent of this help will depend on a number of factors, such as the share of electric vehicles in the overall vehicle fleet and how environmentally friendly electric vehicles can remain throughout their life cycle. Global sales of new electric road vehicles have been growing significantly in recent years, largely driven by the mass expansion of this mode of transport in China.
Implementing EU air quality legislation to protect human health and the environment from pollution can be demanding for countries and cities. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has worked together with a number of European cities to better understand policy implementation challenges. The EEA’s new report, published today, summarises key findings on the cities’ progress over the past five years and highlights on-going challenges for improving air quality at the local level.
The EU is updating its rules on the energy performance labelling of tyres and extending its scope to tyres for heavy-duty vehicles. The labels will be displayed more visibly for consumers and include information on snow and ice grip. The Council today adopted its negotiating position on the proposed new rules.